Find out what to expect on your first day at university and top tips for settling in.

Top Tips For Settling In On Your First Day At University

Are you starting uni in September but not sure what to do on your first day at university? Joining a new university can be a daunting challenge, but once you’ve completed your first day everything will be okay!

So you’ve got settled into your new flat and now it’s time for your first day of studies! Check out our tips to settle those nerves so you can start enjoying your new student life to the max.

Remember everyone is going through the same process

You are not alone! The vast majority of students will be feeling nervous and everyone around campus on the first day at university will be relieved to be on the receiving end of a friendly smile or hello. Why not try to engage with other students and challenge yourself to speak to one new person every time you visit somewhere new?

Speak to friends and family

Speaking to friends and family will provide an opportunity to ask any questions ahead of your first day at university. Hearing their experiences of all the fun they had and the friends they made will help build your confidence and ease your nerves. Even if you’re not studying the same course, speak to other people and perhaps walk with them to university on your first day.

Get up early and ease your way into the day

Make sure you’re ready the night before as this will ease your mind and let you focus on your first day at university. Frantically running around in the morning to find your notepad or uni campus map will only bring unwanted stress! Get up early, have a cup of tea or coffee, read a book or watch some TV to ensure your morning is a relaxing one. Your mindset will be right for the day ahead.

Put yourself out there

We know it’s much easier said than done, but try to strike up a conversation with the people on your course. You could talk about your summer break, where you’re staying, where you’ve come from or what you’re looking forward to the most about your new student life. You’ll be sitting with them for the next few months at least, so making that initial effort can go a long way to making lasting friendships.

Manage your money and budget

A crucial part of university life is learning to manage your money. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can preserve your money and prevent any mishaps from occurring. First of all, calculate how much you need for your living costs and what you will have leftover as spending money, this will give you an idea of your monthly outgoings to help you budget.

TIP: When buying books for your course, try and find older students who are selling their books second-hand, as these will be a lot cheaper than bookshop prices.

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